The Palm Springs Genealogical Society finds these resources helpful

Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has more than 2.6 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites and DNA data from more than 5 million people. Since 1996, more than 10 billion historical records have been added to Ancestry’s databases, and users have created more than 90 million family trees on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products and services including AncestryDNA, Archives, AncestryProGenealogists, and Fold3. AncestryDNA is owned and operated by DNA, LLC, a subsidiary of, LLC.

Do you have a feeling there is more to your genealogy than a shaking leaf?

There are almost 7 million search-able digitized newspaper pages from 39 states between 1836 in 1922. 

A comprehensive, categorized and cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online. Cindy’s list has been a trusted genealogy research site for more than 18 years. Cindy’s list is free for everyone to use and it is meant to be your starting point when researching on line.

The most complete online calendar of genealogy events of all kinds — webinars, meetings, workshops, conferences and more.

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There are probably 25 within a 2-hour drive, 10 within a 1-hour drive.

The Family History Guide is a website that represents a best-in-class learning environment for family history. Its scope is broad, but its focus is narrow enough to help you achieve your goals, step by step. Whether you’re brand new to family history or a seasoned researcher—or somewhere in between—The Family History Guide can be your difference maker.

Family Search is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources and services each year to learn more about their family history, which includes over 4 billion names from all over the world.

This Cemetery site  has over 111 million memorials for deceased persons all over the world, but mainly in the USA. Volunteers have added many gravestone photographs, and often add inscriptions, birth and death information, notes and obituaries.

Genea-Musings features genealogy research tips and techniques, genealogy news items and commentary.

Billions of births, marriages and engagement notices, hometown news and more. Great for beginners and advanced genealogists and family history researchers

  • Google Books

    Google books has millions of digitized books in several formats that can be searched for information about names and/or locations.
  • Heritage Quest Online

    Researchers have to use these databases through a subscribing library. The site has U.S. Census records with names indexes for many years. There are over 28,000 digitized books, Revolutionary Way Pension Files (selected pages), Freedman’s bank, U.S.Serial Sets, and the PERSI periodical index.
  • Mocavo

    Mocavo offers a free search for all of their records. There are over 100,000 databases, but most of them are relatively small at this time. The user can view a record for free, but it is difficult to work with because you can do only one search at a time.
  • Mondays with Myrt

Curious about what’s new in the world of genealogy? Concerned about where to look next for that elusive ancestor? Let’s talk! Come on over to

The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent federal agency that serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, so people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. The National Archives ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The agency supports democracy, promotes civic education, and facilitates historical understanding of our national experience. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and online at

Rootsweb has a few online databases (California, Kentucky, Maine and Texas death records; United Kingdom Civil Registration births, marriages and deaths; some users provide databases and reports, etc.), plus the WorldConnect family trees (over 700 million names, in separate trees). There are also very useful mailing lists and message boards that can be searched or queries of other researchers.

One of the largest online sources of original genealogical information. If you are researching UK genealogy, your Scottish ancestry or building your Scottish family tree, we have more than 100 million records to look through.

The Internet Archive has millions of digitized books in several formats that can be searched for
names and locations. The U.S. Census images are also available but are not searchable – you have to browse them in the microfilm area. There are other microfilm collections may have brows-able records.

How do professional genealogists accomplish so much more? Is it simply knowledge? Do they know more than you? Is it just experience? Have they been clued in to some secret or magic formula?

  • United States GenWeb Project

    There are web pages for every state, and every county in every state. Each page was created and is maintained by volunteers. Many text databases have been added over time for vital, cemetery, and other record types, and sometimes transcribes books are available. The searchable databases are on the USGWArchives (http://www.
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